Adam Shankman demoted to guest judge on SYTYCD, which is returning to its old panel

The So You Think You Can Dance judging panel is reverting back to its configuration from a few years ago: Mary Murphy is returning and Mia Michaels quit, and now judge and producer Nigel Lythgoe has revealed that Adam Shankman will only be an occasional guest judge.

That means that when the show debuts next Thursday, the panel will be just like it was from seasons three to five: Nigel, Mary, and a guest judge, including Debbie Allen. A Fox press release confirms that Nigel and Mary are “resident judges” and the others, including Adam, are “guest judges.” That is excellent, awesome news.

Nigel revealed this in a press release letter to critics that said, “Joining me and Mary will be rotating guest judges Debbie Allen, Adam Shankman, Robin Antin, Lil’ C, Tyce Diorio, Toni Redpath and Jason Gilkison.”

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.